Five music apps off the beaten path for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, plus apps to discover more music

Five music apps off the beaten path for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, plus apps to discover more music
When you think of mobile streaming, you probably think of Pandora, iTunes Radio or Spotify. That is understandable since those three, plus iHeartRadio, command over half the market share of what is a very crowded audio streaming environment.

Pandora is popular and functional, but some may find its catalog of music limited compared to other options.  If you are into discovering new music, or just after as wide a variety as possible, the streaming music space is teaming with alternatives. Some apps allow you to play on demand, others cast a wider net of content they play through live radio options.

Many of the available options are free, others may cost a couple dollars, and yet others may offer subscription options. Each have their pros and cons, but as such, each may cater to what is most important to you when you want to listen to music or discover more music to expand your personal collection.

You will not be surprised to learn that many of these music or radio streaming apps are not available across all major mobile platforms.  However, the variety of music streaming apps is massive no matter what your favorite OS happens to be. Following the picks, we threw in a couple established standbys that may come in handy while you explore your favorite tunes outside the norm.



1. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

how about Audio Addicts Digitally Imported or DI.FM for all ur electronic music genre needs? or Rock Radio by the same people, that delivers practically every single rock genre in existence? they even have something called Sky Radio, for more of a traditional listening experience with a collection of genres ranging from adult contemporary, to classical, to reggae. another radio streaming service that shoulda been mentioned is Fit Radio, where they stream DJ mixes by various DJs, mixing in select genres from EDM, to Rock, Rap, top 40, with multiple DJ mixes and a favorites system to keep track of ur favorite mixes. PA, PLEEEEEEESEEEE do better articles, kuz EVERYBODY n their mom knows about Slacker radio (including mine, she uses a kindle), sound cloud, and Shazam......there was Only one app, Songza, that i didnt know about, n will be trying out. Red Bull Music Academy Radio SEEMS promising, because of live streams from clubs, but we shat see if it qualifies as a music streaming app, like the Articles TITLE says. SoundTracking.......i dont think that counts....... i mean was it really that hard to Find new Good streaming apps for us to try out?? come on, VEVO???? we get that on you tube!!! and self admittedly in the authors description of the app, says its NOT a streaming music app!!!! so come on PA, a little editorial oversight would be WELCOME when it comes to misleading articles.

2. Gawain

Posts: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Suit yourself, I never heard of any of these except for Slacker and Songza. Besides, he said Slacker and Shazam were "standbys"...whatever...

3. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

so u never tried to Song ID a song u didnt know who the artist was?? really? u know theres a bunch of apps that do that. do u even use ur smart phone? and by "standby," u mean to say 3 of the 7 apps that might be actually "off the beaten path." thats obviously less than 50%....... which is unacceptable. its honestly 2 of 7 because SoundTracking is a Social app, not a music streaming one. so again i say, do u even use ur smart phone? i personally am not a hard core user thats rooted n all that, buuut am a data hog w/ an unlimited plan, so i guess im a power user. but even then i wouldnt know every music app under the sun, so i was hoping to get some tips from the article. i found jus ONE app to try of all them sure there were more "off the beaten path" to try that wernt included

5. Gawain

Posts: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Well reading the article they all appear to be available for ios android and wp. So maybe that was the challenge. I use my phone obviously different from however you use yours. I got more out of it than you. I guess they can't please everyone.

7. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

mabey, im not gona fact-check ur statement. please everyone? this is a phone nerd site for crying out loud. but they can do better by not being lazy n only post 2 actual "off the beaten path" music apps. the editor needs to watch for slop like this, n the author needs to give 2 sharts about not putting out crap like this one steaming pile of poop. btw, since i did their job for them lol, did u have a chance to check out the TRUE STREAMING apps i mentioned??

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

SoundHound > Shazam. It's more accurate and usually gets the song info within four seconds. Songza has got to be my favorite of the bunch. Found a playlist and downloaded over 40 songs that day. :)

6. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

thats right!! thats y i switched too! +1 for u, as usual. low only gona check out songza kuz of the pic of the option of 'A Sweaty Dance Party' .....i lmao'ed

8. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Yeah, gotta agree with that. Soundhound is the superior track id app at least at the moment.

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